Category Archive: Union Solidarity

IUF Urgent Action! Philippines sugar organizer murdered

Rolando Pango, a full time organizer with the Partido Manggagawa (PM) was gunned down in Binalbagan town in Negros Occidental on November 29, 2014. Prior to his assassination Pango was organizing sugar plantation workers on Hacienda Salud, which is leased and operated by Manuel Lamata, President of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines. …

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Swaziland: SAPWU’s strikes prevail over sugar giants

It was the kind of struggle that builds unions and democracy, and strengthens trade union international solidarity. The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strikes at the Tambankulu Estates, owned by Tongaat Hulett, and at Ubombo Sugar, 60 percent owned by Illovo Sugar, the largest sugar company in Africa – owned by …

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Swaziland: SAPWU strikes at Illovo and Tongaat

The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strike actions at Ubombo Sugar and Tambankulu Estates, controlled by the South Africa-based Illovo Sugar and Tongaat Hulett respectively. Illovo Sugar is ranked as the largest sugar company in Africa, with strong international corporate links; Tongaat is a major player in the South African Development …

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Zambia: Nanga Farms union leaders dismissed; 600 workers received warning letters

The National Union of Plantation, Agriculture and Allied Workers (NUPAAW) reported that five union branch leaders at Nanga Farms have been dismissed because of the industrial unrest that happened at the farm on 16 April. The branch union leaders are:

  • Comment Siamanenga, Chairperson
  • Joseph Lungu, Vice Chairperson
  • Kebby Muchelemba, Vice Secretary, Administration
  • Kalaluka Mututwa, …

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South Africa: FAWU and sugar unions launch strike in the Sugar Sector

Today, 27 May 2014, over 5,500 workers in the sugar milling and refining value-chain launched a protected strike to support their demands for:

  • Wage increment of 11 percent across the board
  • 40-hour working week
  • Monthly housing subsidy of ZAR 800
  • Permanent employment of all fixed-term and other contract workers

The workers are members …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.iuf.org/sugarworkers/south-africa-fawu-sugar-unions-launched-strike/

Russia: Timashevsky workers fight to keep sugar factory open

On 9 July, more than 200 workers from the Timashevsky sugar factory, over half of the plant’s labour force, took part in a demonstration and a rally to press owners and authorities to keep the sugar factory  open, given that the owner, the Izumrud company, had declared bankruptcy and had put the factory up for …

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Fiji: FSGWU members vote to strike amidst intimidation tactics

Ninety percent of workers who voted in a secret poll were in favour of their union, the Fiji Sugar Workers Union (FSGWU), calling a strike to support their demands. On July 23, about 67.5 percent of all workers actually voted in the middle of an intimidation campaign where, first, management toured the factories in the …

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Belize: BWU and UK’s GMB agree to strengthen solidarity links

On 25 May, the Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) and UK’s GMB signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to facilitate communication and exchange of information, offer mutual support in negotiations and working together to build a union network representing workers in the operations of American Sugar Refining (ASR).

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Zambia: Update on Zambia Sugar Labour Dispute (Strike of 12-15 June 2012)

The IUF-affiliated union, NUPAAW, which represents workers in Zambia Sugar, reports that all 130 employees suspended as a result of the strike in mid June have reported for work, with the last employee returning to work on 4 August.

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Zambia Sugar: Stalled Negotiations, Strike…130 workers charged with gross misconduct.

The deterioration of the negotiating process in Zambia Sugar, an Illovo Sugar subsidiary, resulted in one hundred and thirty workers being issued a gross misconduct notice on 9 July, some three weeks after workers had staged a strike, being increasingly frustrated by the stalling of negotiations and the company’s refusal to acknowledge their contribution to …

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